Staff Bios

Maura Phelps

Maura Phelps

Cello, Ukulele


Maura Phelps is a recent alumni of CSULB where she received her masters degree in instrumental performance. Maura has been playing the cello since the age of 7 and cherishes its role throughout all her stages of life so far. Maura currently performs with the American Youth Symphony. Before coming to California, she completed a bachelors degree in music at Western Michigan University. At WMU she studied instrumental performance and music therapy. Maura is proud to also be a board-certified music therapist. While in Michigan, she served as associate principal in the Holland Symphony Orchestra. In her free time Maura enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with her two cats Owen and Hopscotch.

School: Masters of Music in Instrumental Performance, California State University Long Beach (2022)

Bachelors of Music in Instrumental Performance and Music Therapy, Western Michigan University (2020)

Years Teaching: Seven

Message To You: Maura’s philosophy on teaching is very much inspired by her therapeutic work. Music should be an enjoyable and enriching experience and the relationship with a teacher should be built on respect and rapport. Music is something that helped her throughout many changes in her life and she hopes to share that joy of music with others.